The Medical Sciences Division is one of the four divisions of the University of Oxford and includes the clinical and preclinical departments of the Medical School, plus the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Biochemistry. The division is one of the major centres for clinical and basic biomedical research in Europe, with more than 2,500 staff on the payroll and 900 postgraduate students. It includes several research Institutes and Units housed in modern buildings. The Division fosters the highest possible standards in research, teaching and patient care. Oxford's traditional strength in the basic sciences and its more recent dramatic expansion in clinical medicine provide it with a particular platform to focus on experimental medicine. In parallel with this the division maintains and develops its world-leading research across the full range of scientific endeavour, from the molecule to the population. Another aspect of Oxford biomedicine which is of major significance is our global health programme. This is not only an outstanding example of experimental medicine, but also by its very nature provides enormous international profile. Finally the division encourages vigorous commercial exploitation of research, expanding, for example on its successful record in the creation of spin-out companies.